The price of maize in most parts of the country (Trans Nzoia, Bungoma, Kakamega, and Kisumu) has started coming down as farmers embark on massive harvesting of the much-needed commodity, bringing a huge sigh of relief to millions of Kenyans.
A 2-kilogram tin of maize that was retailing between 230 and 250 shillings is now retailing between 100 and 130 shillings in Bungoma (Tongaren, Kimilili, Kamukuywa, Sirisia, and Chwele). Most farmers in Bungoma have already harvested their maize.
In Kakamega, the price of a 2-kilogram tin is going between 130 and 150 shillings, down from 250 shillings a month ago. The same within the county is replicated in Mumias, and Ikolomani, In some parts, the commodity is at 170 shillings.
In Trans Nzoia (Kitale and Kiminini), the price of a 2-kilogram tin is retailing between 98 and 120 shillings. This is the lowest price in the whole country. Trans Nzoia forms part of the larger “food basket” of Kenya which includes the Great Rift Valley.
A 90-kilogram bag of dry maize retailing between 4000 and 4,300 shillings in most parts of Bungoma County, 4,600 and 5000 shillings in most parts of Kakamega, 4,800 shillings in Kisumu, and 3,800 shillings in most parts of Trans Nzoia.
However, the prices are yet to be reflected on the maize flour on the shelves as millers say they are having challenges accessing affordable maize from farmers. The millers say most farmers are small-scale farmers making it difficult to buy in bulk.
The recent price drop comes at a time the government is planning to further import about 900,000 tonnes of duty-free white maize by August 2023 in a bid to lower prices and ease the high cost of living. The imported maize will however go to millers.